It looks like I'll be even busier either making overhead cabinets from scratch or modifying the ones I bought from Scamp!
Whe I first brought the overhead cabinets outside this morning I put both of them together bottom to bottom and found that they have the same shape.
I then used a tripod to hold one of them in position at the front of my 1977 13-foot Scamp
. The first picture shows that.
There is a gap at both ends that I can stick my fingers up through. I found that as I roll the cabinet towards each corner the gap closes very nicely. What I think is the problem here is that the curvature of the front of my trailer is flatter that the curve of the cabinet. You can see that in the second picture I took laying on the floor without the front bench installed.
You might also notice that my 1976-78 aluminum front and rear windows
may not form a constant curve like a plexiglass window would let the fiberglass form. The center portion that opens is fairly flat and the sides are bent to try to conform with the curvature of the body. I think the aluminum frame makes three flat surfaces instead of a curve.
The only way I see to fix this is to make a template of the actual shape of the walls, shape a piece of MDF board to match, cut away the flange on the overhead cabinet and use the MDF board to creat a new flange which is pretty much like making a mold in this area.
If you think that is bad, the third picture shows the same cabinet barely hanging on the curtain rod hangers at the back of the trailer. The fit isn't even close!
I think I have two front overhead cabinets. This one is too short in length and the curvature of the ends and back is wrong. I think back of the trailer body is flatter than in the front. There is way too much curve in the bottom of the cabinet here.
A little more modification will be required here such a cutting it in half to lengthen it and then reshaping the flange along the bottom to conform to the end curves and back wall.
Yes, I am a little dissapointed but not surprised. These cabinets are made to fit new body molds that were made after the fire destroyed the factory in 2006. Even if I had a rear overhead cabinet it probably would not fit my 1977 shell very well.
My options are to sell the new cabinets and make molds to create fiberglass cabinets that would fit. I could make overhead cabinets out of wood but I really want fiberglass. I think modifying what I have might be easier.
Since it has been a year and crating and shipping is expensive I won't even try to get my money back. I took a chance and it didn't work out perfectly.
I need to refinish the existing fiberglass cabinets as they are kind of beat up after 35 years. I was going to go for an off-white or beige color all around and was going to paint
the new Scamp
cabinets so they would all match.
Will new Scamp overhead cabinets fit a 1974 Boler
? I wouldn't count on it.
At least make sure you are getting one front and one back cabinet. No one said anything about front and back cabinets being different last year. I just told them I need two overhead cabinets and that's what I got.
I have more pictures to post. I just don't have time today. I will try tomorrow to show additional views.
And, for the record, the depth of the cabinet across the bottom is 18.5 inches as seen in the last photo.